Pompeo to sign contract boosting US military presence in Poland Aug 09, 2020 0 619 12345 DPAWarsawUS Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is due to sign a contract to boost US military presence in Poland by an additional 1,000 troops during his visit to Warsaw, sources close to the presidential office said on Saturday.Pompeo, as a representative of President Donald Trump, will sign the agreement, said Krzysztof Szczerki, head of Polish President Andrej Duda’s cabinet, according to a report by state news agency PAP.The contract is the realisation of a declaration signed by the US and Polish presidents last year, he said.Pompeo is set to begin his four-country tour of Central and Eastern Europe next week, starting off in the Czech Republic.On his trip, he is also set to visit Slovenia, Austria and Poland.He is expected in Warsaw on August 15. The agreement for closer military cooperation also foresees the transition of part of the headquarters of the US army’s V Corps to Poland, from Fort Knox in Kentucky.The forward command will be manned with approximately 200 personnel on a rotational basis. Its mission is to conduct operational planning, mission command and oversight of the rotational forces in Europe, and coordination with European NATO partners, the army said.At present, some 4,500 American military personnel are stationed in the Central European NATO member. RELATED ARTICLES Anti-govt protests in eastern Russia enter fifth weekend Aug 09, 2020 0 632 Masks made mandatory in parts of Paris amid surge in COVID-19 cases Aug 09, 2020 0 680 Leading Belarus oppn candidate’s campaign manager detained Aug 09, 2020 0 623 French say rescued 33 migrants heading for England AFP Lille French patrol boats on Saturday rescued dozens of migrants from makeshift boats in the Channel that were heading to England, maritime officials said. British interior minister Priti Patel on Friday described .. Sweltering France posts traffic jam record PARIS: France saw a record level of traffic jams on Saturday, with cars stuck in gridlock on roasting roads spanning 820 kilometres across a country suffering a brutal heatwave. France’s traffic authorities said the .. Italy extends COVID-19 restrictions, allows cruise ships to sail DPA Rome The Italian government has extended measures intended to stop the spread of coronavirus until September 7, according to a decree issued by Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte’s cabinet on Friday night. Masks must .. Bodies of missing marines recovered off California WASHINGTON: The bodies of seven US marines and one soldier missing for more than a week have been recovered off the coast of California, the US Marine Corps said in a statement on Friday. The remains are to be handed over to .. Britain recalls 741,000 virus testing kits over safety fears DPA London The British regulatory authority responsible for medical products has ordered the recall of hundreds of thousands of coronavirus tests after they were found not to be safe for use. Up to 741,000 tests from the ..